Redefining Self-Help: Policy and Practice
The statistics are staggering: eleven million people in the United States suffer from psychological depression, one in four have been abused as children, and ten million Americans are alcoholics. It is vital to deal with these problems in a responsible manner. Yet, the sheer numbers of people who need help have long ago outstripped our health care, human service, and educational systems ability to cope.
Redefining Self-Help shows how those in the educational, health care, and human service fields can reclaim a sense of power by focusing on the vitality of individuals--individuals who gain their strength from a community of people who share common experiences. Highlighting the success of thousands of self-help groups, the authors offer professionals and nonprofessionals a new paradigm, one that views people with problems as resources.
Using illustrative examples from hundreds of self-help groups--MAnded Hearts, Alcoholics Anonymous, Stroke Clubs, Recovery Inc., school-centered peer groups, Compassionate FriAnds, SHARE, Mental Health Consumers Association, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and M.A.D.D--.the authors demonstrate how educational, health care, and human service organizations can be transformed by tapping into the power of self-help organizations. Riessman and Carroll offer up-to-date information on the activities of self-help organizations around the country; describe how individuals, such as diabetics and smokers, helping themselves are part of the movement; explore the implications of the enormous increase of professionals working with self-help groups and make practical suggestions for improving performance when working with these organizations; and examine a number of self-help organizations, outlining the organization model and principles that have contributed to their success.
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This carefully worked out spiritual program at AA makes clear the fundamental
difference between ordinary abstinence , as championed by non - twelve - step
programs , and sobriety , which for AA members bears a highly defined meaning
Another important criticism of AA comes from Jerry Dorsman . He argues that only
5 percent of Americans with serious drinking problems belong to AA . This is
because “ AA offers moral support based on a specific religious philosophy ” and
million members of AA , and AA itself indicates that only ten of those who join
remain in the program for more than three years . Clearly , then , despite its
image of success , AA fails to help the vast majority of alcoholics . A number of
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Self-Help and Support Groups: A Handbook for Practitioners
Linda Farris Kurtz
Begränsad förhandsgranskning - 1997